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Smart people like me need a good reference grammar and shootz manual, not a “funny” book on punctuation. It was, at least, educational information and, at most, spiced with funny examples.

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It’s all an outrage to her and she throws in wonderful anecdotes to illustrate her point of view. In the family of punctuation, where the full stop is daddy and the comma is mummy, and the semicolon quietly practises the leavew with crossed hands, the exclamation ttuss is the big attention-deficit brother who gets over-excited and breaks things and laughs too loudly.

Lynne Truss does a fantastic job of putting ahead her case for punctuation; I, for one, am convinced. This is how I know I’m a real English teacher – I have a shelf dedicated to books just about English.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Read it Forward Read it first. The history of English, the uses and misuses of English, and even the history of the alphabet we use. Add to Cart Add to Cart. A lynen at most neighborhood signage tells a different story.


I’ve been told off by my dyslexic -I really can be an awful person partner for rearranging his commas when in fact all he wanted to know dammit is if necessary was spelt right something I’m admittedly rather less certain about than the placement of those poor little punctuation marks. Talk to the Hand: The Australian version is a bit different – not as clever and involved, perhaps, but funny nonetheless.

I won’t even start on the state of the average Facebook post or blog comment. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air. It went something like and I am the worst person at re-telling jokes, I always forget bits.

At first I thought a zero tolerance approach to punctuation sounded a bit extreme. Yawning was very common then too. Without her, man is nothing. Oct 23, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eats, shoots and leaves. First, Truss comes across as such a pretentious, self-importa Lynne Truss pulls off the impressive feat of pumping about 20 pages of expository writing full of enough hot air to go into orbit or at least top the Bestsellers shooots for several weeks. I had always assumed an apostrophe was there.

Jun 23, Caroline rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s an easy-going, ironic book, full of tongues-in-cheeks and witticisms and puns – intelligent puns.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

Two judges trudged off to the public records and found a faint comma, after the second ‘realm’. I also enjoyed the first words in the Introduction: I already appreciate and like punctuation – so really what I got out of this was a history lesson and a future warning that if we continue on our txtbsd way, that our punctuation may go the way of the Dodo bird. Maybe it’s because I’m a linguist and, while I understand the purpose and value of punctuation, I just can’t get all worked up about it.


According to Lynne Truss, I’m a “stickler”. I frequently find myself self-conscious about my use of leavez. I’ve always had high standards with writing grammar, punctuation, spelling, stylebut having high standards is different from being anal.

I yearn for you. As far as I am concerned, it generally ignores the way language moves to apparent regression when in fact it is merely changing, as it always does. While my grammar and punctuation is hardly perfect it tends to on the whole be sound. Quotation Marks single and double Now I understand why I see punctuation in and outside of quotation marks; British place outside while the American custom place inside.

I replied to her childish letter on grown-up deckled green paper with eays fountain pen.

Do you recommend this book to a non-native speaker? I could go on, but blessedly space forbids. No, just her own need to sound sophisticated and manage other people’s business.

Nov 12, Arielle Walker rated it really liked it Shelves: